How much you can get

The amount of Special Benefit you can get depends on your circumstances.

It’s usually the same as JobSeeker Payment or Youth Allowance.

We update payment rates for Special Benefit on both of the following:

  • 1 January each year if you’re under 21 and have no children
  • 20 March and 20 September each year if you have dependent children or are 21 or older.

Special Benefit is a taxable Centrelink payment if you’re 16 or older. Read about paying tax on your payment.

If you’re in financial hardship, you may be eligible for other support.

For more information, you can either:

Page last updated: 2 November 2023.
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